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Neighbourhood plan: Despite things being quiet on the Neighbourhood Plan recently, please do not be fooled in thinking that nothing is being done, far from it! Things are moving along with documents being being drafted and reviewed by the various bodies ahead of the presentation to the parish as a whole. There will be an informal presentation/workshop on Friday 9/Saturday 10 September on the work to that date and to check that they are representing the views of everyone to ensure the Plan can be voted on early next year. I will keep you informed as to progress, but don’t forget, the monthly meetings are open to everyone and copies of the agenda are always posted on the notice board outside the Spar Shop - unfortunately, it would appear there are still problems the website but I have been reliably informed that there are moves to put these right as quickly as possible.

If you are enjoy poetry: either reading or just listening to it being read, why not go along to the Dudley House (next door to Hardware Shop and round the back) as a Poetry Evening is being held there this evening Thursday, from 7.30 pm. Take along any your favourite poems and share your enjoyment. On Friday there will be a ‘Folk Night Under The Stars’ (ie outdoors, weather permitting I would imagine!) also at Dudley House. There is a small donation associated with both events, to cover the cost of the refreshments that I am certain will be served: £2 for this evening and £4 for tomorrow. All these events are very friendly and a good way to meet and make new friends, so if you are at a loose end, why not go along and see what all the fuss is about!

The timetable for the Community Bus: trips to the end of the year has been posted on the notice board outside the Hardware Shop, just by the Bus Stop. All trips are now on the first Tuesday of the month or a Saturday; unfortunately, July’s trip will have taken place by the time this goes to print but the next trip will be on Saturday 6 August, to the Wey & Arun Canal for lunch and a boat trip. The fare is £20 plus the trip on the boat; departure from Nyman’s is at 11 am returning at 5.30 pm. If you would like to book - and you will need to be quick as it is a popular excursion, the same trip in September is fully booked - get in touch with Christina in the Shop or call her on 400212. The second trip in September is on Saturday, 17th and is to the Isle of Wight, departing from Nyman’s at 8 am and leaving the sland at 6 pm; the fare is a bargain at £28 per person! You can spend the day at Osborne House, a favourite residence of Queen Victoria, or take a tour of the island with lunch on the south coast.

Scams: It would appear that rogue traders and scam telephone calls are on the increase at the moment. Please do remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! If anyone knocks on your door to say you need some urgent work doing to your roof or chimney, or that a tree is causing a hazard and needs cutting, ask them to leave their details and/or price, and you will get back to them once you have got some comparative quotes for the work they are suggesting. If they are genuine, they should accept this; if they start to bully you, shut the door and report them to our Police Community Support Officer, Jayne Milne on 101 ext 535214. With regard to telephone scams, one of the recently reported ones is someone calling to say you have a verbal agreement to purchase some artwork and threaten legal action if payment is not received; such calls should just be ignored. If you would like any advice on how to keep safe and avoid such scams, I’m sure Jayne will be more than happy to help you in any way she can, call her on the number above.

If, by the time you are reading this you are thinking that you haven’t hear anything about the Fun Day; unfortunately it has been cancelled this year but I’m sure the situation will be reviewed next year as to whether there is sufficient support to put something together.

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